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As Virgilio recount into the Eneide, Palinuro was Eneas’ helmsman in the long escape trip from the overcome Troia. According to the legend, during this long trip to Italy, the Sea God Nettuno allowed to the Troian population a safe trip if of them was sacrificed. Palinuro paid for the safety of his people. Nettuno in fact sent to Palinuro Morfeo, the God of sleep, who tried to prevail upon Palinuro to leave the rudder. He tried to defy with all his strength but finally was won by the strong power of Morfeo who, wetting Palinuro with the Lete river water, made him fall asleep and than threw him into the sea in front of the promontory that was then called Capo Palinuro. Today, Capo Palinuro is a chalky rock pushed out into the sea. Its overhanging rock faces continue underground with deepness up to 45/50 meters. The calcareous spur of that cliff is full of grottoes due to the erosion caused by the waves: some of them are among the most evocative of the Cilento coast, such as the Blue Grotto, the Ribalto, the Fetente, and the Buon Dormire ones. One of the best known is the Blue Grotto (“Grotta Azzurra”, that is reachable only by sea as a lot of other grottoes) that is as beautiful as its sister grotto in Capri even if is less well known. The rays of light that filters into its grotto enlighten its stalactites of beautiful turquoise blue reflexes, especially at noon and during the sunset. Well-known is also the Grotto of Bones that is full of bone fragments cast in the rock layers, remnants of prehistoric life.

Into the Capo Palinuro water, divers can find the typical Mediterranean fauna and especially the precious and profuse red coral, the yellow, red and green sea fans, lobster crabs and sea breams.

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